This is part 3 in a short series on songs and activities that improve student accuracy and proficiency in talking about the present.
Carmelina – Jorge Correa
This is a fun song. If you’re interested in an identical use of no me hagas sufrir, no me hagas llorar, check out Manny Manuel’s No me hagas sufrir.
Proficiency goals: Expressing cause and effect, using idiomatic expressions, asking a friend questions, describing characteristics
Si yo te sigo
voy a acabar
Working with irregular present:
Grammar point: what’s the pattern with amando, usando, cruzando? What does this do to a word?
Using si yo sigo and voy a acabar, plus words with the ando pattern, talk about the effect (what you’ll end up doing) of a cause (if you keep doing something else). Ej: Si yo sigo estudiando, voy a acabar sacando buenas notas.
Assign students particular characteristics or a celebrity or give them a photo. Students use tú eres or eres tú to ask what characteristics their partner has to get an idea of what they look like/are like without seeing the photo. If you use celebrities, students can guess who the celebrity is.
For a couple more songs using voy + a, check out this post.